Senior Electrical Engineer


National Highways has an excellent and highly unique opportunity for a Senior Electrical Engineer to join our Specialist Bridges Group based in South Gloucestershire.  The Specialist Bridges Group is responsible for the maintenance, management, and improvement of some of the UK’s most iconic and significant long span bridges such as the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge, M48 Severn Bridge and M5 Avonmouth Bridge.  A passionate and capable Senior Electrical Engineer is required to support the electrical inspection and maintenance programme and help drive forward some significant renewal projects over the RIS 2 investment period within the Specialist Bridges Group. Working alongside a team of experienced specialist bridge professionals and our construction partner, this role is seen as a very critical part of the team’s success in the ongoing management and delivery of a strong portfolio of engineering schemes on some of the UK’s most famous and strategically placed bridges.

This position will also act as electrical technical lead and advisor for the team, providing electrical advice and support to team members within the Specialist Bridges Group.  Furthermore, this role will be critical in interfacing and leading the Principal Designer in relation to the electrical Inspection and cyclic maintenance programme of all Specialist Bridges.  To do this, the Senior Electrical Engineer shall undertake assurance activities and site checks, ensuring that all electrical inspection and maintenance works are undertaken in accordance with the relevant design standard and contractual requirements. Additionally, this role will be vital in always promoting safety and wellbeing to customers of the strategic road network, as well as the supply chain that works on these world famous highway assets.

This role will occasionally involve working outdoors and at height and there may will be an occasional need to work at night.

You will be required to drive as part of your role and you will need to have a full clean driving license to be considered for this position and during employment

What you’ll be leading on

  • Ensuring our contractors comply with National Highways procedures, policies, Quality Management Systems and Safe Systems of Working and assuring their performance to agreed standards, taking actions to resolve and/or escalate non-compliance
  • Planning, delivery and reporting on inspection schedules for asset repairs in line with agreed timescales, budgets and procedures, resolving or escalating any delays or quality concerns
  • Identifying and prioritising remedial asset repairs to include in annual maintenance plans
  • Providing sign-offs for completed works or any deviations from planned work, escalating to the Engineering and Construction Manager as required
  • Monitoring and ensuring that construction works comply with CDM, HSE legislation, Chapter 8 requirements and that Principal Contractor duties are properly discharged by the relevant parties
  • Preparing reports, records and other information of inspection, maintenance and construction works, and providing regular feedback to Specialist Bridges Inspection and Maintenance senior leadership team, highlighting risks, early warnings and issues
  • Supporting the Engineering and Construction Manager in developing, control and monitoring of the annual maintenance programme

To be Successful

  • Experience in carrying out electrical inspections and associated maintenance. 
  • A recognised electrical engineering qualification
  • Good knowledge of DMRB and CDM
  • Understanding of temporary traffic management (Chapter 8)
  • Bridge maintenance/remedial works experience (desirable)

A bit about us

Making sure our customers have safe and reliable journeys is at the heart of everything we do in Operations. We keep the roads open for business and play a key role in making sure the network we manage is fit for purpose today and for the future. 

Want to know more?

To request a copy of the role profile, please contact quoting reference number #3723


Why you should join us

At National Highways we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this.  We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.

An informal blended working approach has been adopted for many of our roles across National Highways. We offer many different ways to work flexibly and we’re open to discuss part-time working, job shares, and flexible start and finish times. 

Please wait until the interview stage before asking us about flexibility, and we will explore what is possible.


Our benefits package

  • Our total reward package includes basic salary, the potential for a performance related bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Annual Leave starting at 26 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising by 1 day each year up to 31 days (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Flexible hours and blended working between base location/home
  • Life assurance of 4 times annual salary
  • Health and wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7 365 days and network of mental health first aiders. Plus access to a wellbeing app to enhance your self-care 24/7, Occupational health service and flu vaccines
  • A cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Significant investment in your career development, through learning and development, talent management, coaching, mentoring and on job experience

And we are

  • Family friendly with enhanced maternity leave and pay, paternity leave (15 days), shared parental leave, adoption leave. Plus access to financial support for holiday play schemes and paid special leave (up to 5 days pa), eg for caring responsibilities
  • Money friendly with access to a discounts platform including over 3000 discounts for supermarkets, eating out, leisure, holidays. Alongside a financial wellbeing programme
  • Community friendly – offering paid leave to volunteer, 3 days basic/year plus an extra 3 days to support the national Covid effort

If you are successful, it is key to know all offers of employment are subject to satisfactory completion of our pre-employment checks which include:       

  • Right to work check
  • 3 year employment history references
  • DBS criminal record check
  • Social media and adverse journalism check
  • Driving licence check (if applicable)
  • Fit to work questionnaire (for all), followed by a medical check (if applicable)

And finally 

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